The Archive Unbound Report

4 May 2017, Cardiff University

The second symposium of the Cardiff Digital Cultures Network focused on the future(s) of the archive, the translation from analogue to digital archives and the impact of born-digital archives on our understanding of such constructs. Organised by Dr Jenny Kidd and Prof. Hanna Diamond, we were delighted to bring together a range of scholars from across the UK, who are working at the heart of these questions, while undertaking exciting projects that unbind the archive in a numerous ways. Following a brief introduction to the agenda and ambitions of the Digital Network by its director, Prof. Anthony Mandal, the full day of talks by a dozen speakers began, with subjects including women’s history, Victorian illustration, medicine, community participation, locative experiences and creative engagements with large academic databases. Continue reading

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Creativity in the Digital Age: Remixes, Remediations, Realignments Report

23 May 2017, Cardiff University

By definition, creativity is about the new and the different, the original and the inventive. Yet it can also involve reworking and realigning, putting a fresh spin on a practice or a concept and producing something wholly unexpected, exciting or even challenging. Creativity in the Digital Age: Remixes, Remediations, Realignments, a symposium hosted by Cardiff Digital Cultures, endeavoured to examine exactly this practice within the creative economy. Through a focus on the collaborations and intersections with academic research and the creative industries, the event aimed to consider how digital practices such as remixing and remediation are themselves realigning what we understand ‘creativity’ to mean, and how universities can be involved.  Continue reading

Registration Open: Digital Mapping Workshop, 2 June 2017

#CUDigiMap

We are delighted to announce a workshop on Digital Mapping, supported by Cardiff University’s Data Innovation Research Institute. From the reconfiguration of historic maps to the visualisation of new data, digital mapping has been adopted in exciting and innovative ways, as the projects showcased in this workshop demonstrate. The speakers will outline the decisions they made about how and what to ‘map’, the methodologies used and the challenges they faced. By exploring these projects and ideas, the workshop will locate digital mapping as a dynamic and collaborative space that radically changes the meanings of what is, and can be, mapped.

Speakers: Jon Anderson, Christopher Fleet, Einion Gruffudd, Ian Harvey, Chris Jones, James Loxley, Rachel Murphy, Matthew Sangster, Joanna Taylor.

Organisers: Julia Thomas, Anthony Mandal.

Registration is free for delegates but places are very limited. The deadline for registration is midday, 26 May 2017. Please register via Eventbrite by visiting: https://digital-mapping.eventbrite.co.uk.

Programme

All sessions take place in Room 0.31 of the John Percival Building, Cardiff University. Registration and lunch will be in the Coffee Shop of the John Percival Building.

09.30–10.00 Coffee and registration
10.00–10.15 Introductions
10.15–11.45 Panel 1: Literary Maps

  • James Loxley (University of Edinburgh), ‘Creating a Digital Literary Cityscape: LitLong Edinburgh’
  • Jon Anderson (Cardiff University), ‘Geolocations and Depth: Creating the Digital Literary Atlas of Wales’
  • Joanna Taylor (Lancaster University), ‘Deep Mapping and Close Reading: Literary GIS’
11.45-12.00 Coffee
12.00–13.30 Panel 2: New Maps

  • Rachel Murphy (University College Cork), ‘Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures’
  • Mike Jones (University of Bristol), ‘OutStories’
  • Ian Harvey (Cardiff University), ‘Mapping in the Social Sciences: Wiserd’
13.30–14.30 Lunch
14.30–15.30 Panel 3: Old Maps

  • Christopher Fleet (National Library of Scotland), ‘Collaborations with JavaScript and Old Maps’
  • Einion Gruffudd (National Library of Wales), ‘The Cynefin Project’
15.30–15.45 Tea
15.45–16.30 Hands-on Session

  • Matthew Sangster (University of Glasgow), ‘Digital Routes through Romantic London’
16.30–17.00 Coffee/final thoughts/farewells

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Registration Open: Investigating (with) Big Data, 24 May 2017

#CUBigData

Keynote Speakers: Dawn Knight (Cardiff University); Linda Naughton (Jisc)

Registration is now open for our Creativity in the Digital Age: Remixes, Remediations, Realignments Symposium.

Big Data has provided new ways of empirical research, theorizing, and interpreting a wide range of artefacts and processes in both the humanities and social sciences. Yet these new ways have also affected approaches to, and understandings of, research. The questions (and concerns) raised by scholars have consequences for the collection, interpretation, and use of Big Data. What are the theoretical, practical, and pedagogical problems of working with and critiquing Big Data, its collection, investigation and use? What can the social sciences and the humanities teach each other about Big Data and its analysis?

Sponsored by Cardiff University’s Digital Humanities Network, this one-day symposium seeks to bring both humanities and social science perspectives to the field of Big Data to think about critical uses and useful critiques of ‘datafication’ in humanities and social sciences research. It explores Big Data-based research and investigations, questions surrounding the generation, use and interpretation of Big Data, and the risks and challenges of Big Data.

Confirmed speakers include: Andreas Buerki, Martin Chorley, Lina Dencik, Ian Harvey, Dawn Knight, Glyn Mottershead, Linda Naughton, Omer Rana, Luke Roach.

Registration is free for delegates but places are limited. The deadline for registration is 20 May 2017. Please register on Eventbrite: https://investigating-with-big-data.eventbrite.co.uk.

Final Programme

10.30 Registration
11.00 Keynote 1

  • Linda Naughton (JISC), Invisibility, Transparency, Openness, Exposure … Re-imagining Infrastructure for Data Intensive Research
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Panel 1

  • Omer Rana (Cardiff), Personalised Search and ‘Filter Bubbles’: Benefits or Barriers?
  • Ian Harvey (Cardiff), Building Data Services in Academia: Lessons Learned while Building and Maintaining the Illustration Archive and WISERD DataPortal
  • Glyn Mottershead and Martin Chorley (Cardiff), Title TBC
   
14.30 Coffee
15.00 Panel 2

  • Andreas Buerki (Cardiff), Using Big Diachonic Language Data to Feel the Pulse of Cultural Change
  • Luke Roach (Cardiff), Moral Panics in the Digital Age: A Comparative Analysis of Online and Print Media during the Charlie Hebdo Attack
  • Lina Dencik, (Cardiff), Data Justice: Examining Datafication and Social Justice
16.30 Tea
17.00 Keynote 2

  • Dawn Knight (Cardiff), Big Data and Corpus Construction: Introducing CorCenCC

Organisers: Keir Waddington, Anthony Mandal; Michael Goodman.

Registration Open: Creativity in the Digital Age, 23 May 2017

#DigiCreatives

Keynote Speakers: Jonathan Dovey (University of the West of England); Ruth McElroy (University of South Wales)

Registration is now open for our Creativity in the Digital Age: Remixes, Remediations, Realignments Symposium.

Cardiff University’s Digital Cultures Network is delighted to announce its third Symposium, which focuses on the creative arts in the digital age. The creative industries are a major contributor to the cultural and economic capital of the UK, constituting a field of rapid expansion and innovation. In this context, we consider how digital practices such as remixing and remediation are themselves realigning what we understand ‘creativity’ to mean, resulting in fruitful but also challenging collisions. While academic research is engaging with emergent practices in equally exciting and revealing ways, much remains to be done. Of interest are the intersections between the two fields, which are stimulating creative/critical approaches to collaborative practice, suggesting new roles that universities can play.

Confirmed speakers include: Victoria Anderson, Katie Brown, Jon Dovey, Holly Furneaux, Ben Gwalchmai, Ruth McElroy, David Millard, Janire Najera, Shane Nickels, Caitriona Noonan, Sara Pepper and Matt Wright.

Registration is free for delegates but places are limited. The deadline for registration is 20 May 2017. Please register on Eventbrite: https://creativity-digital-age.eventbrite.co.uk.

Final Programme

09.30 Registration and Coffee
10.30 Keynote 1

  • Ruth McElroy (USW), Value and the Digital: Creativity and Constraint
11.30 Coffee
12.00 Panel 1

  • Sara Pepper (Cardiff), Introduction
  • Matt Wright and Janire Najera (4PI Productions), CULTVR: Cultural Immersion
  • Dave Millard (Southampton), StoryPlaces: Exploring the Poetics of Locative Stories
  • Shane Nickels (yello brick), Creative Play
13.30 Lunch
14.15 Panel 2

  • Victoria Anderson (Cardiff/Stretch), Digital Storytelling in Prisons: Route to Rehabilitation?
  • Katie Brown (Bristol), Creating and Questioning Identities in ‘Joanna Rants’
  • Ben Gwalchmai (NUI Galway), Architectural Literature
15.45 Tea
16.15 Panel 3

  • Caitriona Noonan (Cardiff), Broadcasting the Arts in Television’s Digital Age: New Forms of Public Service Value?
  • Holly Furneaux (Cardiff), Dickensian: Mashups and Queer Fan Fiction
17.30 Keynote 2

  • Jon Dovey (UWE), Following your Nose: Ambiguity, Interaction and Ambience

Organisers: Kate Griffiths, Anthony Mandal.

Research Associate: Michael Goodman.

Registration Open: The Archive Unbound

#CUArchive

Registration is now open for our Archive Unbound Symposium. Please register on Eventbrite: https://the-archive-unbound.eventbrite.co.uk.

Registration is free for delegates but places are limited. The deadline for registration is midday, 2 May 2017.

Final Programme

10.00 Registration and coffee
10.50 Welcome and Introduction to the Cardiff Digital Cultures Network
11.00 Panel 1

  • Sara Huws (National Museum of Wales), Outside the Archive
  • Stephen H. Gregg (Bath Spa University), Handiwork: Metadata & Genre in Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO)
  • Judith Dray (Cardiff University), TBC
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Panel 2

  • Danica Maier (Nottingham Trent University) and Andrew Bracey (University of Lincoln), Rummage to Bypass: Alternative Ways of Accessing the Archive
  • Sara Sylvester (Cardiff University), Close Encounters of the Parafictive Kind – Bringing the Archives to Life as Fictive Art
  • Bethan Stevens and Georgina Mind (University of Sussex), Diabolical Collaboration: Dismantling and Re-assembling the Archive
15.00 Coffee
15.30 Panel 3

  • Jenny Kidd (Cardiff University), Citizen Humanities and Digital Labour
  • Keir Waddington (Cardiff University), The UK Medical Heritage Archive
  • Lara Taffer (VCS Cymru), Collaboration & Community: Creative Reuse of Archival Material for Community Arts
17.00 Tea
17.30 Keynote

  • Andrew Prescott (University of Glasgow), The Cathedral and the Bazaar: What Lessons for Humanities Scholarship?

Organisers: Hanna Diamond, Jenny Kidd, Anthony Mandal.

Research Associate: Michael Goodman.

CFP: Creativity in the Digital Age

Creativity in the Digital Age: Remixes, Remediations, Realignments

Cardiff University
Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Keynote Speakers: Jonathan Dovey (University of the West of England);
Ruth McElroy (University of South Wales)

Download the PDF here: Creativity in the Digital Age CFP

Cardiff University’s Digital Cultures Network is delighted to announce its third Symposium, which focuses on the creative arts in the digital age. The creative industries are a major contributor to the cultural and economic capital of the UK, constituting a field of rapid expansion and innovation. In this context, we might also consider how digital practices such as remixing and remediation are themselves realigning what we understand ‘creativity’ to mean, resulting in fruitful but also challenging collisions. While academic research is engaging with emergent practices in equally exciting and revealing ways, much remains to be done. Of interest are the intersections between the two fields, which are stimulating creative/critical approaches to collaborative practice, suggesting new roles that universities can play.

We invite proposals of up to 300 words for 20-minute papers that explore any aspect of creativity in the digital age, including demonstrations of current projects. We are especially keen to feature presentations from creative practitioners, arts organisations and the heritage sector, alongside more traditional academic papers. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, 5 May 2017. Please send proposals or enquiries to Michael Goodman (GoodmanMJ@cardiff.ac.uk). Attendance at the Symposium is free and limited to no more than 40 delegates. While non-speaking delegates are welcome, priority will be given to speakers.

Organisers: Kate Griffiths; Anthony Mandal; Michael Goodman.

CFP: Investigating (with) Big Data

Investigating (with) Big Data a one-day symposium

Cardiff University
Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Keynote Speakers: Linda Naughton, JISC and Dawn Knight, Cardiff University

Download the PDF here: Big Data CFP

Big Data has provided new ways of empirical research, theorizing, and interpreting a wide range of artefacts and processes in both the humanities and social sciences. Yet these new ways have also affected approaches to, and understandings of, research. The questions (and concerns) raised by scholars have consequences for the collection, interpretation, and use of Big Data. What are the theoretical, practical, and pedagogical problems of working with and critiquing Big Data, its collection, investigation and use? What can the social sciences and the humanities teach each other about Big Data and its analysis?

Sponsored by Cardiff University’s Digital Humanities Network, this one-day symposium seeks to bring both humanities and social science perspectives to the field of Big Data to think about critical uses and useful critiques of ‘datafication’ in humanities and social sciences research. It explores Big Data-based research and investigations, questions surrounding the generation, use and interpretation of Big Data, and the risks and challenges of Big Data.

We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers that examine the theoretical, the practical, and the pedagogical dimensions of creating, using, and critiquing Big Data, including but not restricted to:

·         New research objects for analysis such as digital music, film
·         Constructing big data for research
·         Text- and data-mining of historical and archival material
·         Curation and preservation of big data
·         Big data and archival practice
·         Linked data and Big Data
·         The myths of data-based objectivity and impartiality
·         Characteristics and gaps of data-based epistemologies
·         Discrimination in data analysis
·         Investigating algorithms

The sympoium will be held on 24 May 2017 at Cardiff University

Proposals for should include a brief two-page C.V. and a 300-word abstract of the proposed paper, and are due by 24 April 2017 and we will inform speakers by 2nd May. Submissions and all inquiries should be directed to Michael Goodman GoodmanMJ@cardiff.ac.uk

 For more information about Cardiff Digital Network, please see cardiffdigitalnetwork.org

 Symposium organisers:  Arne Hintz, Anthony Mandal and Keir Waddington

CFP: The Archive Unbound

The Archive Unbound a one-day symposium

Cardiff University
Friday, 5 May 2017

Keynote Speaker: Professor Andrew Prescott, University of Glasgow 

Download the PDF here: The Archive_Unbound CFP

We invite proposals of up to 300 words for 20-minute papers that explore any aspect of the curation, build, (re)mediation and creative re-use of archives, including demonstrations of current projects. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 20th April 2017. Please send proposals or enquiries to Michael Goodman (GoodmanMJ@cardiff.ac.uk). Attendance at the Symposium is free and limited to no more than 30 delegates. While non-speaking delegates are welcome, priority will be given to speakers.

Formed in December 2015, and funded by Cardiff University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, the Cardiff Digital Cultures Network is an interdisciplinary grouping that aims to bring together researchers, creative practitioners and library/museum professionals involved with digital work to share expertise and best practice. As part of our programme of activities, we are hosting four Symposia on various aspects of digital culture, focusing on: Word, Image, Digital (November 2016); The Archive Unbound (May 2017); Creative Economy (April 2017); and Big Data (May 2017). More information about the Network and its events can be found on our website (cardiffdigitalnetwork.org) and by following us on Twitter (@CUdigitalnet).

Symposium organisers: Hanna Diamond, Jenny Kidd and Anthony Mandal.